FOUND: Actress-Model Mia Amber Davis Died From a Blood Clot in Her Lungs
That’s the final ruling from the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office which issued an updated death certificate nearly two months after an autopsy and toxicology tests were performed on the Road Trip actress.
Chief Assistant Coroner Ed Winter tells E! News that Davis suffered a “pulmonary thrombo-embolism,” a blockage that occurs in one of the main arteries in the lungs.
The pathologist also noted that while a routine knee procedure Davis underwent the day before was a significant condition contributing to her death, it wasn’t the “underlying cause.”
The plus-size model and actress, who scored some of the biggest laughs in the 2000 comedy Road Trip, could very well have suffered a pulmonary embolism—a blood clot that travels to the lungs—after undergoing surgery the day before, Dr. David Baron, former chief of staff at Santa Monica–UCLA Medical Center & Orthopaedic Hospital, tells E! News.
“It’s rare, but it’s a known complication of surgery,” Baron said.
“It’s most common when people have had immobilization of a lower extremity,” Baron, who never treated or knew Davis, continued.
“For more complicated operations to the lower extremity—knee replacement, hip replacements—they are in the hospital for a couple of days and they are on a blood thinner and on these contraptions in their bed called positive machines. These machines keep the leg moving just a little—it bends the leg and straightens it. The idea is that is if you keep the blood moving it doesn’t clot.”
Davis, however, had outpatient surgery—common protocol for arthroscopic knee surgery, he adds.
When a patient is sedentary after surgery, clots can develop, Baron says.
“It depends how big the clot is,” he says regarding the severity of the condition. “If it is a big one and it gets stuck in one of the major arteries of the lungs, there is a threshold where it is not survivable.”
Davis’ widower, Michael Yard, has other ideas. According to TMZ.com, he still thinks that knee surgery was the culprit leading to his wife’s death.
Mia’s official cause of death had been a mystery ever since the 36-year-old actress passed away on May 10 … one day after undergoing a routine knee surgery.
Now, an UPDATED death certificate has been filed in L.A. County … listing Mia’s primary cause of death as a “pulmonary thrombo-embolism” … which is a blockage in the main artery of the lung.
But here’s where things get murky — under the line marked, “significant conditions contributing to death but not resulting in underlying cause” — the doctor listed “LEFT KNEE, OPERATED.”
Mia’s husband, Michael Yard, asked the Coroner’s Officer if it meant she died as a result of the surgery … but the office said they could not give a definitive answer.
Yard tells us … he believes the surgery DID contribute to Mia’s death — claiming she never had any issues with blood clots before she went under the knife.
Yeah, but. They want you to move around after your surgery, rather than putting your feet up and watching TV. I’ve been hospitalized before, and they tell you that even after the first day home that you make some effort to move around. The same thing can happen to people who have been sitting almost immobilized for long periods of time on plane flights.
Damn shame, she was a lovely sista. Of course, I see Yard suing. And so it goes.
- Plus-Size Model Mia Amber Davis’ Cause of Death Updated (theroot.com)
- Davis’ surgery ‘contributed’ to death (hollywood.com)
- ‘Road Trip’ Star — Dispute Over Official Cause of Death (tmz.com)
- Sitting for Long Time Linked to Pulmonary Embolism (webmd.com)
- How are blood clots dissolved? (zocdoc.com)